During the spring semester 2011, two of Hedda master students were given the opportunity to undertake one study module of their master programme in J.F. Oberlin University in Japan. In this post, Lina Liu reflects on some of her experiences and gives some practical tips to students who might embark on a similar journey.
Due to my previous education in East Asian Studies in UiO, I had always dreamt of going to East Asian countries, especially Japan and South Korea. Supposedly, if I could go there in person, I might obtain a deeper understanding of the knowledge learned in class and receive some new experience-based perspectives concerning this region. Fortunately, thanks to a study abroad program initiated by the Higher Education program in UiO and J. F. Oberlin University in Japan, I got a terrific chance to visit and study in Japan for one month. In this way, dreams finally came true.
During this month, 3-week courses covering globalization of higher education, and Japanese and Asian higher education were offered. In fact, there were three main topicss: (1) globalization of Japanese higher education; (2) private higher education in Japan; and (3) Japan-focused internationalization of Asian higher education, namely Asianization. In this way, three different professors took main responsibility to arrange lectures for each week’s topic.
In fact, they did not only give presentations to us, they also invited various teachers from other universities and education-related agencies as guest lecturers for us. In the end, the lecturers whom we met in Japan ranged from professors in J. F. Oberlin University and Waseda University, officers from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), as well as professor from American UCLA.